Man Beaten by Cops in Brooklyn. Cops roughed up a man sleeping on a couch in a Brooklyn synagogue in a confrontation that was caught on surveillance video -- and is now drawing criticism from city officials who said the officers overreacted.
The Oct. 8 beat-down happened at the Alternative Learning Institute for Young Adults, a Crown Heights synagogue and outreach center for troubled youth. Cops apparently believed the man was homeless and trespassing.
But Rabbi Moshe Feiglin, who runs the youth center, said the beaten man was not trespassing and had been staying there for a month. The rabbi said a misunderstanding led to cops being called, but he declined to elaborate.
"We're watching New York's Finest not behaving in a fine way," said Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind today. "They brutalized an individual for no legitimate reasons."
Hikind, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, city Councilwoman Letisha James and several Jewish community leaders showed the video to reporters and decried the action of cops from the 71st Precinct station house.